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October 19th, 2012
Former FIA president Max Mosley believes his successor Jean Todt will have to become ‘more confrontational’ to achieve what he wants with Formula 1. Mosley’s leadership of the sport’s governing body featured a number of clashes with teams, including a row over budget cap proposals in 2009 that led to threats of a breakaway series
May 28th, 2012
Formula 1 teams are to meet the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone in Monaco on Monday to embark on a fresh push to bring costs down in the sport. On the back on dialogue between the teams and the FIA about the possibility of the governing body getting more involved in budget control, FIA president Jean Todt has arranged a get together at the Sporting d’Hiver club to move the debate along
April 2nd, 2012
Sauber has added its support to renewed calls for a budget cap in Formula 1, with the team hoping that one can be in place as early as next season. F1′s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone suggested last month that the future of the sport would be more secure if teams were given a strict limit on what they could spend. Now Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn has revealed that her team is supportive of such a move – and hopes that action is taken immediately to make sure it happens
March 23rd, 2012
Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes it would be wrong for Formula 1 to have the FIA policing the Resource Restriction Agreement. As reported by AUTOSPORT last week , most Formula 1 teams signed a letter to FIA president Jean Todt asking the ruling body to step in following the breakdown of talks between the top teams on the future of the RRA
March 16th, 2012
Formula 1 teams are pushing the FIA to police the Resource Restriction Agreement through the sporting regulations. AUTOSPORT understands that 10 of the 12 teams signed a letter to FIA president Jean Todt calling for the governing body to step in following the breakdown of talks between McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari on the future of the RRA
March 11th, 2012
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he is open to revisiting the idea of a budget cap for teams in the world championship – as he warned squads that they should ‘tighten their belts’ amid current financial pressures. Former FIA president Max Mosley’s 2009 budget cap plan was ultimately rejected in favour of the Resource Restriction Agreement created by the teams. In an interview with the official Formula 1 website, Ecclestone said he felt some teams were taking a delusional approach to their economic situations.
February 6th, 2012
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier is confident that the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) has a strong future, despite the departure of several members. Ferrari, Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Sauber all decided to quit FOTA at the end of 2011 as a legacy of the ongoing row over the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA). The move prompted doubts over the future of FOTA, but Boullier, who remains as vice-chairman for 2012, is confident that the body can not only survive but also thrive because co-operation with the non-member teams is still ongoing.
January 20th, 2012
Marussia is planning to run its 2012 car at the second pre-season test at Barcelona, with technical consultant Pat Symonds revealing it will be virtually an all-new design from last year’s chassis. With Symonds having taken over the technical direction of the outfit following the departure of Nick Wirth, the team has been making the most of a tie-up with McLaren to produce a car that will deliver a good step forward
December 10th, 2011
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says his squad remains committed to cost control regulations despite withdrawing from the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) amid the impasse over the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA).
December 7th, 2011
Sauber has become the latest team to quit the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA), AUTOSPORT can reveal, as doubts also emerge about Scuderia Toro Rosso’s position in the body. In the wake of Ferrari and Red Bull Racing’s decision to withdraw from the team’s organisation last week, sources have revealed that Sauber also notified FOTA members several days ago that it too was leaving.
November 15th, 2011
Formula 1 team principals are optimistic that enough common ground can be reached to save the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA), ahead of crunch talks to decide its future at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) had originally planned to get together in Abu Dhabi last weekend, but the meeting had to be postponed because of clashing meetings elsewhere that meant not all bosses could agree on a convenient time
November 13th, 2011
Formula 1′s leading outfits have failed in a push to try and expand staff numbers for next season, after a proposal to change the terms of the Resource Restriction Agreement was blocked by smaller outfits. In a bid to cap costs in the sport, teams have currently been operating under a limit of 47 operational staff members at event – which is 45 for the car and a further two to work on KERS. Discussions took place about the possibility of this increasing to 55 for next season, to help ease some of the burden being placed on the current team members
November 10th, 2011
Formula 1 team principals have postponed a meeting planned for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to discuss the future of the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA). Discussions had been pencilled in by the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) for the Yas Marina weekend to try and end disagreements about the RRA, amid fears that if no consensus can be reached then it could threaten the future of the teams’ body. However, due to logistical reasons, the meeting has had to be delayed – with no firm new date having yet been agreed.
November 6th, 2011
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has warned that his team’s continued presence in Formula 1 is dependent on major changes to the rules – as he declared it would not back down over technical regulations, testing rules and third cars. Speaking at Ferrari’s World Finals event at Mugello, and amid continued discussions over both F1′s next Concord Agreement and the position of the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) as questions about the Resource Restriction Agreement persist, di Montezemolo said Ferrari would stick to its guns over the issues – and underlined his belief that F1′s rulemakers could not afford to squeeze Ferrari out. “Formula 1 is still our life, but without Ferrari there is no Formula 1, just as without Formula 1 Ferrari would be different,” said di Montezemolo.
October 19th, 2011
Ferrari believes that the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) faces a key few weeks as it prepares for a crunch meeting at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to map out its future plans. Team principals are set to meet at the Yas Marina circuit ahead of the penultimate race of the campaign to try and iron out differences of opinion about the Resource Restriction Agreement – amid fears that some outfits are being more aggressive in its interpretation than others.
October 17th, 2011
Team principals must decide for themselves if the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) has a future, reckons its chairman Martin Whitmarsh, amid questions about its long-term viability. On the back of tensions about the implementation of the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA), Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali warned on Sunday that FOTA could collapse if problems are not resolved at a meeting scheduled to take place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
October 16th, 2011
Ferrari has warned that the future of the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) will be cast into doubt if agreement cannot be reached on the Resource Restriction Agreement at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
October 16th, 2011
Formula 1 team bosses have agreed to hold further discussions about the Resource Restriction Agreement at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, following a meeting aimed at ending unease about the concept in Korea on Sunday.
October 12th, 2011
Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn says that recent technical signings Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis can have an immediate positive effect on the squad’s performances when they join, even though it will take time for the full impact of their presence to take effect. Former Williams, BAR/Honda and Red Bull man Willis joins Mercedes as technology director next week, with ex-Ferrari technical chief Costa becoming Mercedes’ engineering director from the start of December. They will work under technical director Bob Bell, formerly of Renault, who joined Mercedes earlier this year.
October 12th, 2011
The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) has the strength and unity to stay focused on the best course of action for the sport despite the growing tension over the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA) – according to McLaren’s managing director Jonathan Neale. Speculation over both Red Bull’s spending on the way to its world championship successes, and the RRA implications of Mercedes’ recruitment of big-name technical figures Bob Bell, Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis, has led to concerns that the deal could collapse. Meetings between the teams are expected in Korea this weekend to try and resolve the issue before it becomes more serious.